Stakeholders agree on building badminton ecosystem from lowest level up

first_imgBadminton players, former players, a coach and a club owner have agreed in a discussion that the ultimate strategy to produce solid shuttlers is to nurture them from scratch, but such a long-term strategy needs ultimate focus from all parties involved.The discussion was organized by PB Djarum in conjunction with National Sports Day, which falls every Sept. 9.The invitees to the discussion on the role of clubs in grooming Indonesian athletes were Indonesian badminton legend Christian Hadinata, Indonesian Badminton Community chairman Hariyanto Arbi, coach Fung Permadi, young players Bernadine Anindya Wardana and Radithya Bayu Wardhana as well as Bakti Olahraga Djarum Foundation program director Yoppy Rosimin. Young player Bernadine said she was still in the formation years where lots of training was a must. Even though it was hard, Bernadine said, all the hardship and discipline were necessary.“There is no easy [way] of doing this. So, a young player needs to be fully involved in the process in order to get maximum achievement,” Bernadine said.Yoppy said the most critical point would be the formation phase or basic layer, where potential athletes aged 11 to 19, who have mastered the basic moves, will be tightly monitored and trained to hone their skills and mentality for larger arenas.Coach Fung Permadi said that, besides the traditional combination of physical and strategy training, many clubs applied sport science to support athletes’ performance. Through sport science, each player would be treated individually based on their nutritional needs and physical condition.“Sport science has given birth to various advanced training methods that could boost athlete performance. That is why we need to mull over the right [training regime] for our athletes,” said Fung, who is also the team manager at the PB Djarum badminton club.Topics : “The ecosystem of Indonesian badminton should be properly handled, as it is the source continuously providing top players,” Yoppy said in Monday’s discussion.Yoppy added that that was the reason for PB Djarum to net potential players from all places, including remote areas, through an open audition process. The club has been netting potential players from various age groups to undergo a training series.Hariyanto Arbi said he was among those hailing from remote villages and got a chance to be a star player through the open audition.“Producing a star player is never an overnight task. It needs years of strict training and a disciplined way of life, so it is both a physical and a mental effort,” he said.last_img read more

PREMIUM Bakamla buys Pindad machine guns for patrol vessels

first_imgForgot Password ? Bakamla PT-Pindad Abraham-Mose Aan-Kurnia machine-gun LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Log in with your social account The Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) marked a historical milestone by ordering 12.7 mm machine guns from state-owned arms maker PT Pindad in a contract worth Rp 26.5 billion for 20 machine guns and ammunition.Bakamla chief Vice Adm. Aan Kurnia said the contract was historic because the contract was Bakamla’s first weapon acquisition after receiving permission from the Defense Ministry in June to buy military-grade weapons.“We hope the acquisition will improve Bakamla in performing its duties,” Aan said in a contract signing ceremony at Bakamla headquarters on Wednesday.“Bakamla is the launch customer for Pindad’s 12.7 mm machine guns. I hope there are no problems during the production and utilization stages.”Aan admitted that Bakamla was relatively late in arming its patrol ships because most coast guard units in the region had alread… Facebook Topics : Googlelast_img read more

At $1300 a week, this Castle Hill home tops Townsville’s rental list

first_img7 Glamis Court, Castle HillOriginally built in 1993, this stylishly renovated and spacious home features six bedrooms, three bathrooms and a generous sized games room that flows out on to a massive deck and adjoins an alfresco living area featuring a bar and BBQ which overlooks the gleaming in-ground pool. 7 Glamis Court, Castle Hill is Townsville’s most expensive rental currently on the marketMELBOURNE flair meets Townsville’s enviable lifestyle at this prestige rental.At $1300 a week, 7 Glamis Court has topped the list of Townsville’s most expensive rentals but it’s easy to understand why. 7 Glamis Court, Castle Hill“The upper level boasts a sleek and modern kitchen featuring Miele appliances, as well as spacious dining and living areas that flow on to a large balcony,,” she said.“Upstairs also offers a colossal master bedroom with a free standing bath and spacious dressing room. “A large study adjoins, along with two more bedrooms, modern bathroom and powder room.“The centrepiece of the property is the original staircase and landing reclaimed from the old Townsville Prison.” 7 Glamis Court, Castle HillMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Bets of all, the home offers unsurpassed views of Castle Hill and the Coral Sea in every room.McGrath listing agent, Maria Santamouris said the home was one of a kind.center_img 7 Glamis Court, Castle Hill Located in one of Townsville’s most sought-after suburbs, this home truly is one to expect.Sitting on a 1296 sq m parcel of land, the property comes with a separate fully fenced yard, suitable for pets. 7 Glamis Court, Castle HillThe home also comes with a three bay garage and storage.Off-street parking for five cars is also available directly outside the home.last_img read more

Polish oil company to drill its first well offshore Norway as operator

first_imgPGNiG, a Polish state-controlled oil and gas company, is one step closer to drilling its first exploration well in Norway as a license operator. The well is planned for the second half of 2019. PGNiG said last week that its Norwegian subsidiary, PGNiG Upstream Norway, had acquired a detailed 2D seismic image, which will facilitate the selection of a drilling location in the Shrek prospect within the PL838 license area.The company that it would be the first well drilled by the PGNiG Group as a license operator on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.Piotr Woźniak, President of the Management Board PGNiG S.A.: “On the Shrek prospect, PGNiG will exploit its E&P know-how and experience in the new role as the operator of a license in the Norwegian Sea. It is important from the perspective of our diversification strategy, which envisages a major increase in own gas production in the region.”The main objective of the site survey was to examine in detail the geological profile of the drilling target. Analysis of the collected data will minimize the risk of drilling into shallow gas or brine pockets or glacial erratics, which could pose a serious obstacle to the drilling operations. The company plans to drill the well in the second half of 2019.In addition to the seismic image, a survey of the sea floor was performed with a remotely operated underwater robot. It was used to identify ecosystems sensitive to the impacts of drilling operations and to detect any unexploded ordnance, shipwrecks and other potential obstacles.According to the company, the biggest challenge in marine seismic surveys is the weather. No survey can be carried out at wave heights exceeding 2.5 meters or the survey results will be compromised. Although the autumn season in the Norwegian Sea is marked by strong winds, PGNiG Upstream Norway took advantage of periods of good weather and managed to complete work under budget and ahead of schedule.PGNiG Upstream Norway holds a 40% interest in the PL838 license, and its partners are Aker BP and DEA Norge (each holding a 30% interest). The company is the operator on one more license on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. In total, PGNiG holds interests in 21 exploration and production licences in the region.PGNiG aims to increase natural gas production in Norway by 2.5 bcm annually after 2022. PGNiG’s proved reserves on the Norwegian Continental Shelf total 83 mboe.last_img read more

Bill to expand access for dental hygienists moves to the governor

first_imgBaresville, In. — A bill sponsored by Republican state senator Jean Leising to expand dental hygienists’ access to practice recently passed the Senate by a vote of 49 to 0.House Enrolled Act 1116 would allow a dental hygienist to practice dental hygiene without supervision under an access practice agreement with an access practice dentist. The access practice dentist would be available for emergency communication and consultation.“Many people in Indiana, such as our elderly population, do not have access to necessary dental care,” Leising said. “This bill, however, would expand the care dental hygienists can provide, increasing the number of people who can give Indiana residents the dental care they need. The hygienists would be able to provide services in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.”Under the bill, a consent form would have to be signed before a dental hygienist could provide services, and the hygienist would have to maintain malpractice liability insurance.HEA 1116 will now be considered by Gov. Eric Holcomblast_img read more

Raceway Park checkers fly for Brewer

first_imgBy Bob ConeyJEFFERSON, S.D. (Aug. 21) – Drivers and fans enjoyed a great night of racing Sunday as Raceway Park hosted the Tom Baker Memorial Race.The highlighted division of the evening was the MOPAR IMCA Northern SportMods. Kyle Welch jumped out to the early lead only to be overtaken on the seventh lap by Karl Brewer. The race’s first caution did not come out until the 14th of 20 laps were complete. On the restart, Kirk Beatty and Darin Roepke got together between the first and second turns leading to a second attempt to finish the race.Once the green flag flew, it was Brewer all the way to the checkered flag followed by Rusty Montagne, Cameron Meyer and Kyle Welch.The Total Motors IMCA Modified division ran a fast, clean, green to checkers feature. Dan Loggins led the opening laps until being overtaken three laps in by Bob Moore. Moore then set sail with Jim Cole on his tail while Chris Abelson worked his way through the field to third at the halfway point. Through the final laps, Moore kept control over Cole to take the win, while Abelson held off point leader Ricky Stephan for third place at the checkers.The Casey’s General Store IMCA Stock Cars had a classic battle through most of the feature between Aaron Cain and Jason Ward, with the lead traded four times in an eight lap period. Ward finally took control of the top spot with four laps remaining to take the feature win while Todd Gereau got past Cain for the runner-up spot. Behind the top trio, Nick Lakes rounded out the top four.Aaron Shearn picked up his second win in a row in the Car Quest IMCA Hobby Stock division. Shearn slipped past race-long leader Brody Spreng with two laps remaining and held off a hard-charging Dave Riley at the checkers. Spreng finished in the third position followed by Andy Hoffman.The KISS 107 FM IMCA Sport Compact feature saw another clean green to checkered feature. Jake Newsom took the lead on the opening lap and never looked back en route to the feature victory followed by Luke Jackson, Ramsey Meyer and Tyler Thompson.This upcoming Sunday, Raceway Park holds its season championship races with champions crowned in all five IMCA divisions and in the Big Wheel Shootout Series. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the first green flag dropping at 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

Don’t waste this chance – Keane

first_img Keane said: “It’s certainly a good opportunity for us. If you look in the past, the way we have qualified has always been through the play-offs, and of course we would like that to change and finish first. “That second place is certainly up for grabs and we have to be going into this campaign fairly confident enough that we can qualify for the Euros. “If we don’t believe it, we won’t do it. The players have been around for a few years now. If you look at people like (Aiden) McGeady and (Glenn) Whelan, who have been fantastic for us and shown a lot of experience, we need those kind of players and the rest of the team to stand up now. “As a group of players, we are certainly aware now we have got a great chance of qualifying from this campaign. If we believe it, we have certainly got a chance to do that.” If Ireland are to hand Keane a ticket to the third major finals tournament of his international career, they will have to negotiate their way out of a difficult group including world champions Germany. The World Cup winners are hot favourites to win it, while Martin O’Neill’s men should battle it out with Scotland, Poland and Georgia for second place. They launch their campaign against the Georgians in Tbilisi on Sunday evening in O’Neill’s first competitive fixture, and he would happily settle for the same results as predecessor Giovanni Trapattoni got against the same opposition in similar circumstances, a 2-1 victory. The 62-year-old admitted to being nervously excited as he approached a game for which the anticipation has become almost unbearable after a run of eight friendlies since his appointment in November last year. Press Association O’Neil said: “It’s a competitive game and it’s the first time I have managed a competitive game at international level, but I could compare this very, very easily with great big club games that I played both as a player and as a manager. “The feelings are exactly the same – excitement and nervous excitement as well, just looking forward to it – all the same sort of feelings I would have had going in to manage at club level, and certainly as a player.” O’Neill as less than forthcoming when asked about his team selection – whether or not 38-year-old keeper Shay Given starts after coming out of international retirement has been a major topic of debate in recent days – and he insisted his players do not even know yet if they have been selected. He said: “It’s my policy – it has been in all my managerial time. I don’t announce the side too far beyond it. “It’s not as if this is a rugby union game where you announce the squad maybe a week beforehand. This has been my policy, I don’t think it’s been a problem announcing the team on the morning or the afternoon of the game. “At club level, there’s been many a time that I have waited until, let’s say for a 3pm kick-off, to announce the team at 1.30pm or 1.45pm, so I haven’t really changed policy in that aspect.” Having played a flat bat to a series of questions over his team, prompting an enquiry as to whether or not he was tense, O’Neill was asked about Ireland’s last away clash with Georgia, which was played in Germany because of the political situation in the region at the time. Indeed, a parallel was drawn with the current unrest in Ukraine and the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, prompting Football Association of Ireland communications director Peter Sherrard to step in. However, O’Neill later said: “I’m not tense. I’m delighted, I am delighted to be here, absolutely delighted to be here, seriously. “When the game was changed a few years ago, I’m not sure that it was the Republic of Ireland’s doing. “I can possibly – I hate to say this – exonerate myself because I wasn’t there at the time, but we are delighted to be here today, absolutely delighted to be playing the game here.” O’Neill will be even more delighted if he leaves Tbilisi with the Republic’s 100 per cent record against Georgia intact after their sixth meeting. Robbie Keane has urged the Republic of Ireland not to pass up the opportunity to book their place in the extended Euro 2016 finals. Keane and his team-mates secured a berth in the last edition of the tournament in 2012 via the play-offs, a similar route to the one they took to reach their previous major finals tournament, the 2002 World Cup. The expansion of the draw from 16 to 24 teams in France means they have an even better chance of qualification, and the 34-year-old LA Galaxy frontman is determined not to miss out. last_img read more

Ryder Cup postponed to 2021

first_img(BBC) – The 2020 Ryder Cup has been postponed for a year because the coronavirus pandemic means the event cannot be staged safely with spectators present.The match between the United States and Europe was due to be held at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin on September 25-27.But the biennial event has now been rescheduled for September 24-26, 2021.“The spectators make it a unique and compelling event and playing without them was not a realistic option,” said PGA of America chief Seth Waugh.“It became clear that our medical experts and the public authorities in Wisconsin could not give us certainty that conducting an event responsibly with thousands of spectators in September would be possible.“Given that uncertainty, we knew rescheduling was the right call.”Professional men’s golf in the U.S. has resumed behind closed doors but players have said the Ryder Cup should not go ahead without fans.The women’s Solheim Cup is scheduled to take place from September 4 to 6, 2021 in Ohio and LPGA commissioner Mike Whan has told BBC Sport that the Ryder Cup decision does not affect their plans.The European Tour announced that the qualification process for the European team has been frozen until the beginning of 2021.And the next Ryder Cup to be held in Europe has been pushed back a year with Rome now set to host the event in 2023.Europe captain Padraig Harrington said it was a “relief” that organisers decided to postpone the competition.“For me, it was very messy behind the scenes,” the 48-year-old Irishman said.“The decision was based on health and safety, but trying to get organised behind the scenes, it was going to be incredibly difficult to pull a team together that was fair and representative, and all the complications that go with it.“For example, what happens if a player gets COVID? What happens if there’s a cluster? Do players have to quarantine?”Harrington also said that if the Ryder Cup went ahead without fans then it would have lost part of its character.“The team atmosphere the crowd generate, that would’ve been missed,” the three-time major winner added. “When you win in a tournament it’s very exciting, but you don’t get the same experience as you would at the Ryder Cup.“I’ve seen over the years, the number of players that come out of their shell in terms of their personality because of the crowds and that would be missed.”In 2018 Europe regained the trophy with a 17½-10½ win over USA in the 42nd edition of the biennial competition.last_img read more

Halloween could be extra sweet for USC

first_imgMost people circle their calendars every year on Oct. 31 because it’s Halloween.Now don’t get me wrong, Halloween is a great holiday. It’s not every day of the year that men get to dress up in goofy costumes and women get to barely dress up at all.It makes for a fun night.But this year is a little different. The holiday could mean something so much more to the Trojan community.Halloween just so happens to be on a Saturday. And what do Saturdays in October mean? That’s right: Trojan football.This Halloween represents what might be the most important day left for the Trojans in their quest for not only a Pac-10 championship, but a national title.I’ll start with the USC game.No. 5 USC travels to Eugene, Ore. to face the No. 10 Ducks at 5 p.m. in a highly anticipated matchup of the two best teams in the Pac-10. A win for the Trojans sets them up for an unprecedented eighth straight conference championship under coach Pete Carroll.But it’s no secret that the Trojans have struggled in the state of Oregon in the past three seasons. They have lost to the Oregon State Beavers twice in Corvallis and the Ducks once in Eugene.Carroll said going up to Oregon is a challenge because Duck fans represent one of the best crowds he has seen in football, and that’s not just because of how loud they can be.“They have a good attitude of the way they support their team. They are very outspoken,” Carroll said. “The noise is one aspect, but you can feel the intensity of their crowd, and they do a good job.”The Trojans will have to bring their A-game on offense and fix their late-game defensive struggles to defeat a very solid, all-around Oregon team that has looked great after overcoming its season-opening loss to Boise State.If USC pulls out the win, it will be in good shape in the Pac-10. Obviously, the Trojans will have to survive their remaining schedule, but it looks favorable.But there’s another game on Halloween evening that Trojan fans should keep their eyes on.One spot is still open for a shot at competing for a national championship.If the top two teams — Florida and Alabama — remain undefeated throughout the rest of the season, they will meet in the SEC Championship game. There is going to be a loser that will not get to play in the Rose Bowl for the national title.No. 3 Texas, however, still stands in the Trojans’ way. (So does No. 4 Iowa, but I’m banking on the Hawkeyes losing at Ohio State in a couple weeks.)Let’s say USC ends its losing streak in Oregon. Its national title ambitions will still be in jeopardy unless No. 14 Oklahoma State can pull out an upset against Texas.Why is so much riding on that game this weekend?Because Oklahoma State is the only remaining threat in the way of an undefeated season for the Longhorns. If Texas wins, USC might as well kiss its title chances goodbye, because the Longhorns shouldn’t have too much trouble running the table against their last four opponents: UCF, Baylor, Kansas and Texas A&M.For those of you wondering, those teams have a combined conference record of 4-9.Unfortunately, history isn’t on the Cowboys’ side. They have not beaten Texas since 1997, and the Longhorns lead the all-time series 21-2.If you look at the recent trend, though, the numbers aren’t so bad. In 2007, Oklahoma State led most of the game at home before losing 38-35 at the hands of a McCoy second-half comeback. Still, the Cowboys forced the quarterback to throw three interceptions in Stillwater, Okla., the site of Saturday’s contest.And last season, the Longhorns barely eked out a 28-24 win in Austin, Texas, against those same Cowboys by holding Oklahoma State scoreless on two separate defensive stands to end the game.Although the overall record is lopsided in Texas’ favor, it appears Oklahoma State is closing the gap.So maybe, just maybe, this is the year the Cowboys break through.And maybe, just maybe, this is the year the Trojans end their hex in Oregon.And maybe, just maybe, this Halloween will be one to remember for USC fans and not just for the nighttime festivities.So as two huge games collide on Halloween night, try to make the best of both worlds.On Saturday, root for two teams: Go Trojans! Go Cowboys!Then go trick-or-treating.“Soft Hands” runs every other Thursday. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Jon at jhaber@usc.edu.last_img read more

Poe’s Perspective: Mahomes is the next All-Star quarterback

first_imgI can normally tell when I’m being a homer. I’m pretty ardent about supporting my teams, and although I’ll roast the USC defense in private and under my breath, my m.o. in public is complete, blind, unfailing loyalty to whatever team I’ve adopted as my own.This has meant getting into arguments about why Kansas point guard Frank Mason — who I know was undersized and overly specialized to college, but who cares — should’ve gone in the first round of the NBA Draft. No matter how strongly I’m arguing for a point, in general, I know when I’m being overly faithful.All that being said, I don’t think I’m biased when I say that Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is going to be the best quarterback in the NFL in the next five years.I really don’t believe this take is hot. Like, at all. Sure, we’ve only seen Mahomes play in five full NFL games so far, and yeah, young quarterbacks can start out hot and burn out quickly (just take a glance down south, where Deshaun Watson is floundering in Houston). But there’s something about this guy, something that goes beyond the stats and bleeds into that intangible category of the “it” factor.But let’s get into the stats to start, because Mahomes also has all of the numbers to back up any amount of hype swirling around his first four games of this season. He’s already thrown for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns, posting a quarterback rating of 126.5 and breaking Peyton Manning’s record for most touchdowns in the opening three games of the season.And he has yet to throw an interception. Not a single one. I do know that someday, Mahomes will throw an interception, and it will be as sad and frustrating as any offensive turnover. But as of yet, he’s perfect. Fourteen touchdowns, zero interceptions. Statistically, Mahomes is the star of the show in the NFL so far. He has been back-to-back AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Tony Gonzalez believes he’s going to break the single-season touchdown record — as a rookie. And yet, somehow, there’s more magic to Mahomes than simply what can be read on the box score.No matter what he does the rest of the season, when I talk about this “it” factor, I will always point to the final drive of Monday night’s game against Denver. On third-and-five on the 45-yard line, with Kansas City trailing by 3 points and the clock ticking down under three minutes, Mahomes took the snap and was immediately bombarded by a Broncos blitz. He backpedaled and darted to the left, with two defenders bearing down curling around his offensive line and flushing him into a full sprint towards the sideline.And then Mahomes did the wildest thing: As a defender came crashing down behind him, wrapping both arms around his ankles and yanking Mahomes to the ground, he flipped the ball to his left hand. And then he threw it.Let’s get something straight here. Mahomes didn’t toss a lateral or a pitch with his left hand, which is commonly done by a scrambling quarterback. No, this rookie had the audacity to juggle the ball from one hand to the other, cock back his left arm and throw a 10-yard pass to an open receiver for a first down.That’s the thing about Mahomes. You can hear that he threw for 192 yards outside of the pocket against the Broncos and understand that he is wildly talented at scrambling. But then he does something like that, a mind boggling play that he makes look effortless, and it quickly becomes clear that Mahomes is set slightly apart from other “great” rookie quarterbacks.I’ve never seen anything like him in a Chiefs uniform. The thing that gets me the most, however, is that Mahomes is the whole, complete, real deal. It’s not just who he is on the field. The kid refused to sign hometown sponsorship deals until after his first season as a starter, saying that he wanted to prove his worth to Kansas City before earning extra profit from its support. After his spectacular finish to Monday night’s game, he sought out offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz — who spent the night blocking fearsome edge rusher Von Miller, holding the six-time Pro-Bowler to a single tackle — and presented him with the game ball, saying he didn’t earn it on his own.Heck, Mahomes has an Instagram account for his pitbull (give @steelthepit a follow) specifically to “show the world that all of his breed isn’t ‘mean and aggressive.’” How much more wholesome can you get?In short, if you’re not aboard the Patrick Mahomes hype train yet, it’s officially time to hop on. In a season when it’s clear that our established stars are beginning to reach the descents of their careers — Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers, Tom Brady and more — Mahomes is setting the bar for a new class of quarterback talent. And he has everything he needs to be the best of the best.Mahomes might not be the best yet, but he’s working on it in record time. Get on the bandwagon now. It should be a fun ride.Julia Poe is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more